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DETROIT, May 20, 2024 — On Tuesday, May 21 at 12 p.m. ET, Michigan Central will open ticket registration for the Michigan Central OPEN, a community celebration June 6 – 16 to commemorate the landmark reopening of Michigan Central Station following an extensive restoration by Ford Motor Company. Details on ticket reservations can be found at .

Hosted by Ford and Michigan Central, Michigan Central OPEN welcomes the public to share in this major milestone with an opening night concert outside the station featuring a lineup of legendary Detroit performers produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, an Emmy-winning production company, that has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment, including multiple Super Bowl Halftime Shows. Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay will executive produce the show. Emmy award-winning production companies Diversified Production Services and Killian + Company are also producing the special event. The outdoor concert will also be available via livestream.

“There’s no place like Detroit, and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase the city through its own incredible artists,” said Executive Producer Jesse Collins, founder and CEO Jesse Collins Entertainment. “We’re going to create an unforgettable welcome party for Michigan Central with this new chapter in Detroit history that celebrates the visions of these unique performers who are bound together by a shared love of their city.”

The following 10 days will offer the public a first look inside the revitalized Station’s ground floor before the building’s first commercial occupants begin moving in this fall. Visitors can sign up for a tour of the first floor of The Station, learn about the rich history of the iconic building, the city, and its people, and get a sneak peek into Michigan Central’s bright future.

“We are thrilled to be a part of honoring the city of Detroit with a special night of celebration, community, and musical brilliance,” said Executive Producer Dionne Harmon, President, Jesse Collins Entertainment. “Detroit’s musical and cultural impact on the world is undeniable and we look forward to spotlighting its legacy on June 6 with the reopening of Michigan Central.”

“We can’t wait to bring the city of Detroit, and its legendary performers, together at Michigan Central to show the nation how incredibly powerful Motor City is,” said Executive Producer Jeannae Rouzan-Clay, SVP, Specials, Jesse Collins Entertainment. “The city’s rich history will shine throughout the production and we promise a memorable evening full of vibrant performances and entertaining surprises.”

Michigan Central OPEN Celebration

On June 6, festivities kick off with Live from Detroit: The Concert at Michigan Central, a 90-minute outdoor spectacular in front of The Station headlined by some of  Detroit’s biggest stars. The standing room only show will feature short films, appearances by local leaders, and creators telling stories of innovation and culture from around the city and the region. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the show will begin at 8:30 p.m.   

Beginning, Friday, June 7 through June 16, Michigan Central will host its OPEN House, offering a first look inside The Station’s fully and faithfully restored ground floor through a range of exhibits, entertainment, art, and more.

Next door, on the front lawn of Newlab at Michigan Central (the former Book Depository building), visitors can enjoy music and local entertainment, hear about opportunities for innovation, community events,  and skills programming at Michigan Central, and purchase food, drinks, and commemorative souvenirs.

“After a six-year restoration by Ford and so many others, Michigan Central Station will re-open, reimagined as a place of innovation and culture open to all,” said Mary Culler, chair of Michigan Central. “This is a historic moment not just for Michigan Central but for those near and far who love Detroit, and that’s why we’re creating an opening worthy of this achievement that invites everyone to join us for the station’s next chapter, no matter where they are located in the world.”

More information on the Michigan Central OPEN festivities, including how to register for tickets and updates on performances, can be found at . Tickets are free for Live from Detroit: The Concert at Michigan Central and the OPEN House tours, but registration is required.

Michigan Central Station

The revitalized Michigan Central Station is a reminder of our city’s shared history and how it endures as a symbol of Detroit as a destination for opportunity.

When it first  opened in 1913, The Station was the world’s tallest and one of the grandest train depots in the United States. However, as preferences and technology changed in regards to travel, The Station closed in 1988 and remained vacant until Ford’s acquisition of the property in 2018. Since then, more than 3,100 skilled workers have dedicated more than 1.7 million combined hours to meticulously restore The Station to its original architectural grandeur, while retrofitting it with modern technological infrastructure to support its next chapter.

Over time, The Station will become a vibrant public destination for Detroiters and all who visit the region, and serve as the centerpiece of the Michigan Central technology and cultural hub that spans 30 acres. With 640,000 square feet of future retail, hospitality, event, and collaborative innovation spaces, The Station will support the Michigan Central ecosystem by accommodating larger tenants and established companies, attracting more technology talent, and drawing in diverse businesses. The landmark will also be a stop on Detroit’s greenway plan, uniting dozens of local neighborhoods across the city to create a more connected Detroit.

After its reopening event in June, Michigan Central will begin a phased reactivation of The Station over the next several months and years as restaurant, retail, and other commercial and community-focused partners take up residency. The first floor will be open to visitors for tours on Fridays and Saturdays through the summer. Expanded hours will be announced for fall, when the first phase of commercial activations opens to the public.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment

Founded in 2012, Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service Emmy winning production company that has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment.  JCE’s award-winning and critically acclaimed television includes programming from its three divisions.  From the scripted division: scripted series—Real Husbands of Hollywood, American Soul and miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story.  From the unscripted division: unscripted series – Gabrielle Union: My Journey to 50, Oh Hell No! With Marlon Wayans, Cardi Tries, My Killer Body with K. Michelle, DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic and Forward: The Future of Black Music, competition/game shows—Celebrity Squares, Becoming A Popstar, Rhythm + Flow, Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares and Nashville Squares, talk shows – Yara Shahidi’s Day Off and Face to Face with Becky G, and children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (Daytime Emmy Award winner).  From the specials division: award shows—The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, BET Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars and ABFF Honors, specials—The Super Bowl Halftime Show (Primetime Emmy Award winner), The Light We Carry: Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey (Primetime Emmy® Award nominee), A GRAMMY Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop, Lil Rel Howery: I said it. Y’all thinking it., CNN’s Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom, Martin: The Reunion, John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, A GRAMMY Salute to the Sounds of Change, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25, Leslie Jones: Time Machine, The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular and Rip the Runway.  Emmy winner Jesse Collins, Founder and CEO, is the executive producer of all JCE programming.  He is also an executive producer for the annual Grammy Awards and the 75th Annual Emmy Awards.  Collins also produced the 2021 Oscars and 2022 Golden Globes.

 

About Diversified Production Services

Diversified Production Services (DPS) is the global leader in conceptualizing and executing world-class live entertainment, broadcast, special, and corporate events. The company specializes in event and talent production, broadcast and location management, and financial and contract development. Every year, hundreds of the world’s foremost artists, corporations, trade associations, and non-profits trust DPS to craft captivating, distinctive experiences. DPS has produced over 100 television and streaming specials, including four Super Bowl halftime shows, one of which won a Primetime Emmy Award for the company. Other events in DPS’ remarkable portfolio include the Global Citizen Festivals in New York City, Johannesburg, and Mumbai; the iHeartRadio Music Festival; Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision Tour; the Navy SEAL Foundation annual gala; and First Lady Michelle Obama’s BECOMING book tour. For more information on DPS, visit http://dps-us.com or follow @diversifiedproductionservices on Instagram.

About Killian + Company

Killian + Company pushes the boundaries of storytelling, creating new ways for audiences to think, feel, and engage. Utilizing music, events, film, technology, and star power, we transform brands into pop culture phenomena. Our streamlined model operates swiftly and efficiently, either alongside a brand’s existing agency team or as an independent boutique. Executive Producer Joe Killian and partner Jonathan Azu bring their extensive expertise in talent management, content curation, marketing, and creative services to deliver innovative solutions that catapult brands into the cultural zeitgeist. The company is a seamless blend of their dynamic friendship and respective business successes, having worked with iconic brands like American Express, Michigan Central/Ford, Chanel, and Netflix, and award-winning artists such as Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, and Usher. Joe Killian, a two-time Emmy-winning executive, has over 25 years of experience creating groundbreaking content, immersive experiences, live events, and digital partnerships. Before founding Killian + Company, he founded and produced Central Park SummerStage, directed concerts at Radio City Music Hall, and led teams at Radical Media and Momentum Worldwide. Jonathan Azu, a two-time Billboard 40 Under 40 Power Player, has served as EVP of Operations and Business Development for Superfly Presents, VP of Music Partnerships for CBS Radio, and is the founder of talent management company Culture Collective. He has developed numerous notable artists and brands, including Anita Baker, Emily King, Miguel, and the Outside Lands Music Festival. Joe Killian was born and raised in Detroit, where he also attended high school. Jonathan Azu has called Detroit his ‘adult hometown’ after his parents relocated there fifteen years ago.